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  • PediCuRx® Foot Care Management System

    The complete management system for professional foot care

  • 2 · GEA PEDICURX® FOOT CARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Foot disease cripples your bottom line Recent reports have declared that foot problems and lameness

    on today’s dairy operations are costing more dollars per cow

    than even mastitis. Lameness is the new No. 1 herd health

    problem! In the last few years, hairy foot warts (digital

    dermatitis), specifically, have emerged as a serious concern in

    North America. The warts, which eventually lead to lameness,

    begin a costly domino effect of herd health problems.

    Economic impact

    The average cost to treat a lame cow is about $125 to $150

    per case. This includes the cost of labor, treatment such as

    antibiotics, if needed, and any milk withheld. But this number

    does not include decreased milk production or lower weight

    due to decreased intake, nor does it include any extra costs

    associated with extra days open that may occur because the

    cow missed a heat while lame.* For example, a 1,000-cow herd

    with a 10% lameness rate could easily have $12,000 to $15,000

    in extra costs.

    *Source: Greg Goodell, DVM, The Dairy Authority, 2005.

    Milk production may drop even before lameness is evident.

    The following chart shows milk production prior to, and after

    detection of lameness.

    Prevention and treatment

    There are several important practices that can be used on the

    farm to control the introduction and spread of bacteria.

    1. New animals should be quarantined for a month

    before mixing with the rest of the herd.

    2. Regular use of an effective germicide/cleaner in a

    footbath and/or by topical application to prevent,

    control and treat infectious foot diseases.

    3. Routine scraping (2 to 3 times daily) of alleys and

    other areas where manure slurry might accumulate.

    4. Free or tie stalls should be supplied with a plentiful

    amount of clean, dry bedding.

    5. Frequent application of a bedding conditioner

    (such as ZorbiSan®) to help keep stalls, alleys and

    corrals dry.

    6. Regular hoof trimming by a professional trimmer

    (2 to 3 times per year).

    7. Program for the monitoring and treatment of

    foot-related problems with the aid and advice of

    your hoof trimmer, veterinarian, and/or nutritionist.

    8. Feeding balanced rations including trace minerals.

    Early lesion Mature raised “hairy” lesion

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    The PediCuRx® foot care system The PediCuRx® Foot Care Management System was designed and developed as one unit, including technology and chemistry to

    maintain healthy feet.

    Programmable dispensing system

    for powder or liquid products

    Water jets — rinse and fill footbath

    with water or treatment solution

    Cross-linked

    polyethylene footbaths

    Pre-bath

    Treatment bath

    Bladder deflates to release liquid;

    inflates to hold it in the footbath

    Side panels prevent splashing

    and help speed cow flow

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    Advantages of the unique design of the PediCuRx® system Minimal water use — while still providing effective flushing

    and cleaning of the bath.

    Indestructible material — rugged cross-linked

    polyethylene footbath is virtually indestructible.

    Air-operated bladder gate — simple, rugged and performs

    well in challenging environments.

    Pre-cleaning pre-bath — cleans feet before cows enter the

    treatment bath.

    Longer length — 10-foot long footbath allows for frequent

    “double dipping” of each foot for greater effectiveness.

    Angled front entry edge — makes it easier for the cow to

    step in the bath and diverts flush water away from the bath.

    Programmable dispensing system for powder or liquid

    hygiene products — provides the right amount of product

    every time, saving time and labor.

    High–powered water jets clean the footbath between treatments.

    The first footbath cleans the feet so the second bath can treat

    the feet.

    The unique design of the PediCuRx footbath allows cows to move

    through quickly, but still get adequate foot coverage.

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    PediCuRx® manual or automated technology The PediCuRx® system is designed to make the use of the

    footbath as easy as possible, whether it is an automated or

    manual version.

    Manual footbath Under normal conditions, 150 to 250 cows can pass through

    the bath before flushing. For dairies this size, the manual

    footbath system could be the best solution. The bath can be

    easily prepared before the milking session and cleaned out

    after milking.

    • Controlled and operated by the user

    • User adds appropriate amounts of chemicals,

    and operates air and water valves manually

    • A water valve and an air compressor make

    the operation easier

    Automated footbath If more than approximately 250 cows travel through the

    footbath during one milking session, the liquid has to be

    changed during the milking session. In this case the automated

    version of the footbath would be the best choice, because it

    allows for the releasing, cleaning and refilling of the bath

    automatically, which means the operator doesn’t have to stop

    during the milking session to change the bath. Whether there

    are one or two exit lanes, if using powder or liquid chemicals,

    or a combination of both, the automated footbath can be

    customized to meet the needs of the dairy.

    How the system works • The PediCuRx® control dispenses water, air and

    liquid chemical to a single footbath

    • Can be programmed to fill, drain and flush at

    timed intervals

    • Air line provides compressed air to operate

    the bladder

    • The air bladder inflates to hold liquid in and deflates

    to drain it

    • Nozzels at the entrance of the bath flush out

    the footbath

    • Unique angled design promotes good cow flow to keep

    the entrance area clean

    • Nozzels fill the footbath with water and dispense

    liquid chemicals

    Optional equipment Second footbath

    Option 1: The second footbath allows a treatment bath in two

    separate exit lanes. A decision valve is required.

    Option 2: Both baths are installed in the same exit lane. The

    first bath is used as a pre-bath and the second is for treatment.

    A decision valve directs the flow to the appropriate bath.

    Second liquid dispenser — enables the control to dispense

    two different liquid chemcials. Typically, one chemical for

    pre-treating and another for treatment.

    Powder dispenser — each dispenser has two canisters —

    one canister is emptied with each treatment cycle. Each

    canister can hold enough chemical to treat 150 to 250 cows. A

    maximum of two powder dispensers (four canisters) can be

    used with one PediCuRx® control. Water is dispensed into the

    canister to carry the powder into the bath.

    One control unit can operate up to two footbaths A second footbath allows for a treatment bath in two separate exit lanes.

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    Additional PediCuRx® components — meeting the needs of commercial dairy producers The following options were designed to provide large,

    commercial producers the ability to take advantage of the

    PediCuRx® automated footbath system and rugged bladder

    gate technology, while still maintaining their cow flow goals.

    With these components, producers can automatically flush and

    fill their baths quickly, use new or existing concrete footbaths,

    and customize their footbath schedule. The PediCuRx® system

    brings solutions to producers who need a reliable foot care

    management program in a commercial dairy environment.

    Solution mixer 200-gallon or 300-gallon storage tank — doses up to

    400 lbs. of Copper sulfate or Zinc sulfate.

    High throughput capacity — treat up to 7,000 cows

    without refilling.

    Simple, precise mixing — pour granulated Copper sulfate

    or Zinc sulfate into the tank through the 12’’ opening. Press

    the start button and the tank fills with water to the proper

    level automatically.

    Internal agitation — the unique nozzle “eductor” magnifies

    the agitation action by four times. This action mixes the

    solution quickly and thoroughly.

    Automatic dispensing — the PediCuRx® automation control

    sends a signal to dispense a metered amount of treatment

    solution to fill the footbath.

    Expandable — can be connected to one or two PediCuRx®

    automated footbath controls for dosing up to four treatment

    baths.

    Corrosion resistant materials — poly tank and poly

    circulation pump resist corrosion, providing long service life.

    7-day timer module Programs — the day and time of footbath